St. Joseph parish in Detroit was founded in 1865, as a German parish. It was a daughter parish of St. Mary’s in today’s Greektown neighborhood. The present church building was dedicated in 1873 and still stands at 1828 Jay Street in Detroit.
We have this history of St. Joseph High School from Brother Pat McNally, a St. Joseph alum, currently teaching at Warren DeLaSalle:
"St Joe's opened in the mid-1880's, as a Commercial School, all-boys. We have no records that a grade school was ever involved. Just prior to the war years, the Sisters of Mercy opened a two-yeargirls' school, specializing in typing, shorthand, etc.--some alumnae are still alive, and quietly active in the Association. When the war ended (1945?) St. Joe's Christian Brothers took over the girls' facilities, and St. Joe's became, once again, an all-boys' school, until its closing in 1964 (due to major repairs required by the State for fire inspection). Approximately 60 St. Joe's students transferred to De La Salle for the 1964-65 school year), and finished their education, earning a De La Salle diploma. Several others transferred to St. Anthony's or St. Catherine's.
The St. Joe's Dads' Club continues to exist, conducting a monthly raffle, with proceeds going to charitable groups, including tuition-assistance at De La Salle Collegiate, and Regina High School. The St. Joe's Alumni Acssociation meets three times a year at De La Salle; the SJ alumni members are on the DLS mailing list, are invited to all DLS Alumni events. The SJ Alumni Association collects annual dues and donations, and makes a contribution to St. Joseph's Church, to the Retirement Fund of the De La Salle Christian Brothers (Lincroft, NJ), and makes a major annual donation to the DLS Tuition-Assistance Fund."
The school crest, I have to admit one of the best we have, was submitted last week and is now in the Bishop Gallagher Collage. The Blue Jays, the school colors come, in part from this part of the school fight song: "Here comes that big blue wave right down the field...". They don't write like that any more. (Thank goodness. For reference see MSU fight song lyric-"Spartan Teams are bound to win, they're fighting with a vim.")